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RIM unveils major upgrades to BlackBerry platform

Research In Motion (RIM) has announced a series of upgrades to the BlackBerry platform, which brings improved messaging, enhanced security, and simplified device management to the table.
Research In Motion (RIM) has announced a series of upgrades to the BlackBerry platform, which brings improved messaging, enhanced security, and simplified device management to the table.

Some of the upgrades where user experience is concerned are:

  • It will be possible to view and edit documents in their native format directly from the BlackBerry -- courtesy of Document To Go by DataViz
  • Remote searches for e-mail messages stored on the server can be performed directly from the BlackBerry smartphone
  • E-mails containing HTML, images, and rich text e-mail will be rendered accordingly

In addition, the inclusion of a new Web Desktop Manager will simplify software upgrades by allowing users to install software on their computer and manage their device via a browser.

The new features will be phased into software releases in the first half of the year. You can check out the press release from RIM here.

I must say that this is a major upgrade, requiring substantial coding and architectural changes in the BlackBerry platform. Some of the announced features mirror what Microsoft has rolled out in Windows Mobile 6 and Exchange Server 2007, so RIM must be feeling the heat.

In case you are interested, I wrote a primer on push mail a while back. In the meantime, do you prefer RIM's BlackBerry or Microsoft's Direct Push?

About

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

3 comments
paulmah
paulmah

What about you? Do you prefer the RIM BlackBerry or Microsoft Direct Push?

garylgilbert
garylgilbert

Microsoft Direct Push No additional outlook license to buy.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

during an outage of blackberry servers across the whole US? I guess the crackberrys are still up in Singapore

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